All eyes have been on the south Texas coast the last few days, but it’s time to watch our own coast. NC State Extension Corn Specialist, Dr. Ron Heiniger says producers aren’t overly concerned, but very watchful none the less:
“Yes, that’s exactly right. And of course, all our prayers go out to those folks out there, I see that there’s still a lot of cotton that’s still in the field out there. But, it does remind us of the situation that we have right here, we’re also vulnerable to these kinds of storms. We’ve still got a lot of corn to pick out here, we’ve really just gotten started. Get a storm like that, it could be devastating to us.
“So, yes this tropical depression has on us alert here, so far the predictions aren’t near as dire as those folks in Texas, but it looks like the wind estimates aren’t too bad. But, that’s the problem whenever you’ve got a really good crop like corn, it’s getting it in the bin. You made all the right decisions, you did all the right things, you put the money out there, now it’s getting it harvested and in the bin, and I know that every grower in the state is concerned when we hear talk of a tropical storm, a depression, or a low pressure center, that gets our attention.
“And I agree, this year is important, this corn is taller than normal, the ear placement is higher, the ears are bigger, that means there’s more of a chance at lodging, so growers should be on the lookout, this year in particular, and get this corn out of the field.
“I know that a lot of the reports I’m getting is 23%, even up to some corn picking at 26%, that’s pretty wet, and that’s not economical to dry it at that. But, we’re going to have to go a little earlier than we’re comfortable as far as the drying point, and get this corn out of the field.”
We’ll talk further with NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger on some of the early harvest yield numbers.